Convertible car seats are essential once your child outgrows the infant seat. It is required when they have grown big and no longer fit into infant seat till switch to a harness booster seat. Both Chicco Nextfit and Britax Maraton are quality convertible car seats that fall in the mid price range. These car seats have safety features that are above standard and also offer features that make you feel comfortable during the travel. So, which one is better for you?
Most of the expert reviews suggest Chicco Nextfit to be the better option. Though both Chicco and Britax offer same convertible car seats and do not offer wide weight limits, Chicco Nextfit outruns Brixtax Marathon. This is because the basic model Chicco Nextfit has more than the basic Britax Marathon.
Comparison Table – Chicco Nextfit Vs Britax Marathon
|Features||Chicco Nextfit||Britax Marathon|
|Rear facing weight limit||5 to 40 lbs||5 to 40 lbs|
|Forward facing weight limit||22 to 65 lbs||20 to 65 lb|
|Child standing height||49 inches or less||49 inches or less|
|Installation of car seat||SuperCinch technology||ClickTight technology|
|Infant insert||5 to 11 lbs||5 to 22 lbs|
|Seat padding||Padded with super soft materials||Padded with super soft materials|
|Harness adjustment||No-rethread harness||No-rethread harness|
|Bubble level indicator||YES||YES|
|Cup holder||Not available. Can be bought separately.||Not available. Can be bought separately.|
|FAA approval to use in airplanes||YES||YES|
|Price||Same price range||Same price range|
Differences between the two models
The Chicco Nextfit car seat model comes with 9 recline positions while Britax Marathon has only 3 recline positions. Recline feature is very important as the seat has to fit in accurately to a vehicle. As different vehicles come with different sizes of seats and angles, it can hard to arrive at the correct recline in some vehicles. The bubble level feature found in both the vehicles helps you arrive at the correct recline position. Chicco Nextfit as a higher hand as it comes with 9 recline positions.
Britax Marathon comes with 10 position harness while Nextfit has only 6 positions. The Chicco Nextfit features 2-poistion chest clip that keeps the harness place and prevents the harness strap from digging into your kid’s neck. However, Marathon beats Nexfit in having more harness positions which ensure accurate fit.
Chicco Nextfit uses SuperCinch technology for installation to install the seat correctly. User reviews say that the straps are little hard to tighten in this technology. Britax Marathon comes with ClickTight technology for installing the seat which ensures tight and secure installation. This ClickTight feature of Britax has a higher cost when compared to other types of installation.
Both the car seat models offer ease of use and meet or exceed the federal safety standards. Besides, both the car seat models are high quality seats almost offered at the same price range. If you want a easier and secure fit, Britax Marathon with ClickTight technology is the right choice. However, Chicco Nextfit comes with additional recline positions and 2-position chest clip to keep the harness in place. Considering the additional features Chicco Nextfit can be the better choice among the two.